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October 14, 2008
"Think globally. Listen compassionately. Act inclusively."
Thought for the Week

"Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly."
-- Arnold Edinborough

Bell Schedule
Monday - Columbus Day Holiday
Tuesday - Bell I
Wednesday - Bell II
Thursday - Bell I
Friday - Bell I
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Upcoming Activities!

Ms. Kim visits Eaton ES families, 6 pm

Eaton Buddy Day!
Ms. Kim visits Thomson ES families, 6:30 pm
Volleyball Game
Deal vs Kelly Miller
at Hardy at 4:30 pm

Janney Buddy Day!
Faculty Meeting
International Night,
6-9 pm

 Jamestown/ Williamsburg Trip for 8th graders
Girls' Soccer Game
Deal vs Lincoln
at Deal 4 pm
Boys' Soccer Game
Deal vs Paul
at Paul 4 pm
October 21st
Murch Buddy Day!
IB Community Meeting for current & future Deal families

October 22nd
Lafayette Buddy Day!
 Volleyball Game
Deal vs Browne
at Johnson 4:30 pm

October 23rd
Sally Foster Pick-up Day
Student Portrait Day
Deal hosts 10 US school administrators for a school visit
Department Chairpersons Meeting
Ms. Kim visits with Lafayette ES families, 6:30 pm

October 24th
End of 1st advisory
Halloween Party,
 3:30 - 6 pm
Girls' Soccer Game
Deal vs Cesar Chavez
at Deal 4 pm
Boys' Soccer Game
Deal vs Jefferson
at Jefferson 4:00 pm
Volleyball Game
Deal vs Hardy
at Deal 5:30 pm
October 25th
Cross Country Meet
DCIAA Developmental
Ft. DuPont Park
at 9:30 am

October 28th & 29th
DC BAS testing

October 29th
Volleyball Game
Deal vs Jefferson at Deal, 5:30 pm

October 30th
Wilson night, 6:30 pm

October 31st
Record keeping day -  students dismissed at 12:15 pm
Girls' Soccer Game
Deal vs Kelly Miller, 4 pm
Boys' Soccer Game
Deal vs Kelly Miller at Kelly Miller, 4 pm
November 1st
Cross Country Meet
East/West Championship
Ft. DuPont Park, 9:30 am

November 3rd
Student Council Non-perishable food drive begins

November 4th
HD Cooke Buddy Day!
November 5th
Volleyball Game
Deal vs Hart
at Hart, 5:30 pm

November 6th
Career Day
 "New to Deal" Teachers Meeting
Deal Night, 6:30 - 8 pm
November 7th
Report cards issued
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am
Boys' Soccer Game
Deal vs Friendship
at Deal, 4 pm

November 8th & 9th
Politics & Prose Book Store sale!
November 8th
Cross Country Meet
DCIAA Championship
Ft. DuPont Park, 9:30 am

November 11th
Veterans Day (Holiday)
November 13
Department Chairpersons Meeting
Family Math Night 
November 19th
Mann Buddy Day!

November 20th

Faculty meeting
PTA Parent Education Workshop, 7 pm

November 27-28
Thanksgiving holiday

December 2nd
Mid-Advisory Progress Reports sent home
Picture make-up day

December 3rd
Deal Open House #1
December 4th
"New to Deal" Teachers Meeting 

December 5th
Geography Bee competition
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

December 8th
Parent Teacher Conference Day
(students not in school)

December 11th
Department Chairpersons Meeting 
Winter Concert, 7 pm

December 13th
Holiday Greens Sale

December 16th
Deal Open House #2

December 18th
Faculty Meeting

December 19th
Student Council Winter Assembly
Last Day of School for Students (Winter Holiday)

January 5th
School resumes after Winter Break!

January 9th
LSRT meeting, 7:30 am

January 14th & 15th

January 15th
Faculty Meeting

January 16th
End of 2nd Advisory
Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly

January 19th
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

January 20th
Inauguration Day Holiday

January 22nd
Student Council Awards Assembly

January 23rd
Record Keeping Day
12:15 Dismissal

Message from Principal Kim
Principal Kim
Deal International Night is one of my favorite moments of the entire year!  This is the 29th year of this tradition, and I am sure it will be a blast!  Good food, student performances, and good company.  I hope to see all of you at the event. It begins promptly at 6 pm.  As always, students are expected to be accompanied by parents at all evening activities.

Also, thanks to the parents and students who are planning to join me at Eaton ES & Thomson ES this week.  The future Deal parents and students always love hearing from your experiences and perspectives!

Have a productive learning week!

Principal Kim

Weekly News

Students of the Month

  • Please walk by the new Welcome Center and take a look at the star students who were chosen by their Team Teachers for the honor of being the Student of the Month for September.  Character does count!
    We are all looking forward to seeing who will appear in the coming months. Who will be chosen for October? May we all shine brightly every day.

September Student of the Month students:

  • Team Aztecs  
    • Sebastian Navidi-Kasmai  
    • Kyra Maxwell
  • Green Scholars
    • Michael Knapp     
    • Dana De Los Santos
  • Olympians 7  
    • Des O'Brien    
    • Janet Riegel
  • Olympians 8      
    • Richard Escalante     
    • Dhae Sha Myers
  • Braveheart     
    • David Feller 
    • Jewel Addison 
  • Odyssey
    • Mathew Golden
    • Thuy Nguyen 
Buddy Days!
  • Buddy Days will start this week! We are expecting 60 visiting 6th grade students from Eaton Elementary School this Wednesday and 57 more from Janney on Thursday. Let's remember to welcome our guests and look for ways to make them feel comfortable.  The Buddies will remember this day for a long time to come.
Peace Month Activities
  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Peace:  Peer mediators will help put up the yellow brick road this Tuesday.  Please bring any remaining "bricks" to Ms. McFarland in the counselors' office.  Peer mediators will meet Tuesday for lunch in Ms. Mostoller's room.

Video-Audio Visual Crew

  • Are you interested in learning about videotaping, audio and visual equipment?  If so, see Mr. Simmons today at 3:15 p.m. to learn more.  The VAV-C (Video-Audio Visual Crew) is holding an information and orientation meeting in room C163.

Art Club

  •  The Art Club will be meeting on Tuesdays at 3:20 - 4:30 p.m. in room 224.  Please see Ms. Washington for a permission slip.

Deal College Awareness Day

  • In celebration of College Awareness Month (September 16 - October 16), all students and staff members are encouraged to wear college regalia this Wednesday.

Conflict Resolution Day 

  • Thursday is Conflict Resolution Day - a day to spread the word about the benefits of nonviolent conflict resolution.  To honor the day, peer mediators will make a morning announcement and make a brief presentation on Deal's peer mediation program at the faculty meeting in the afternoon.

Choral Department Notes for International Night

  • Both the Concert Choir and the Show Choir will perform this Thursday for International Night.  The Show Choir should report to the gym by 7 pm.  The Concert Choir should report to the gym by 7:15 pm.  We need to be prompt, so we can practice before the performance.  All performers should be in concert attire, which is black bottoms, white shirt, and black shoes.  Guys should wear a tie.  If you have any questions, see Mr. Frye or simply refer to the Music Department Handbook on the Deal website.

Cleveland Update

  • The Concert Choir, Concert Band, and Jazz Band will travel to a competition May 14-17!  The second deposit of $100 is due no later than November 6th.

Instrumental Music Dress Rehearsal

  • The Instrumental portion of the Music Department will be having a dress rehearsal on Thursday during 6th and 7th periods. This is a very important rehearsal because we need to prepare for International Night. A list of students will be placed in your mailbox.

Eighth Graders Tour Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg on Friday

  • Two hundred students will travel with 10 teachers and eight parent chaperones to tour Jamestown Settlement and Colonial Williamsburg this Friday.  The schedule  is:
    • 6:00 am -- Report to Deal with clipboards, pens,  cameras, bag lunches,  bottles of water,  snacks for the bus,  PG 13 DVDs for the bus ride.
    • 7:30 pm -- Return to Deal;  parents should be on site, waiting to take students home.
  • Students will complete an assignment with interdisciplinary themes and content as per Deal's IB goals of integrated instruction.  Eighth graders who are not going on the trip will report to school for a regular school day.
  • Faculty Chaperones for Friday's Trip
    The Deal Administration thanks the following staff members for their efforts in making this Friday's field trip another  successful eighth grade  learning experience:
    Chaperones:  Ms. Mostoller,  Mr. Aguilera,  Mr. Koplowitz, Ms. Hovancsek, Ms. Simpson-Wayne, Ms. Hampton, Mr. Klein, Ms. Kinzer, Ms. Brown, and Ms. Kitchen.

Meetings This Week for Eighth Grade Trip

  • The Administration will meet with eighth graders during Period 1 on Thursday to discuss Friday's trip to Jamestown and Colonial Williamsburg. 

8th Grade After School Science Tutoring 

  •  Temperature conversions got you stumped! What is an annotation?  Students that need help with 8th grade science can receive tutoring after school on Mondays from 3:20-4:30 pm with Ms. Hampton in room 203.

Enroll Now for LAYC After-School Program

  • Do you have a child or student who would benefit from after-school tutoring and homework assistance? Enroll them in the free LAYC After-School Program at Deal!  The program will from 3:30-5:30 Mondays-Thursdays, starting next Monday, 10/20. The first hour is dedicated to academic assistance and the second hour will be enrichment activities, such as art, dance, athletics, and field trips. Snacks included!  Please contact Tim Gibbon for more information or to register: 202-365-6332, [email protected], or stop by room N103.

School Picture Day is Coming!!

  • Deal's first picture-taking day is Thursday, October 23rd.  In the next several school days, students will receive a packet from Blanton Studios student' school pictures.  The packet contains many options, so please review the various options carefully.
    In order to purchase pictures, the order form must be completed with payment.  Checks should be made out to Blanton Studios and handed to the photographer at the time of the picture taking.
    Every student will be photographed.  For those students who need to take pictures over or if you are absent, there will be a retake day on Tuesday, December 2.

Boo! Student Council Represented - Halloween Party

  • The Halloween Party will be held on Friday, October 24th from 3:30 to 6pm.  Tickets go on sale for $4 in the cafeteria during the first 10 minutes of lunch each day starting on Wednesday, October 15th, and after school in Mr. Kirschenbaum's room (Room 207).  Come join the party with games, dancing, and a movie.  There is something for everyone.  The Deal Cheerleaders will have refreshments and snacks available for purchase at the party.
  • Deal Teachers & Staff:  Please let Mr. Kirschenbaum know if you can join us for the fun at the Halloween Party on October 24th.  All are invited.

Volleyball Game

  • There will be a volleyball game on Wednesday against Winston Educational Center at 4:30 in Winston's gym.  Players will need to be dismissed from their 7th period class to get their things from their lockers at 2:30 and report to the gym.  Practice will be held Oct. 13 & 14 from 3:30-5.
IB MYP Update
In the flurry of activity that accompanies the start of a great school year, the implementation of the IB MYP has been slowly gathering steam.

Last week, teachers who represent their departments began to work on mapping the District of Columbia academic standards with the objectives of the eight IB MYP subject areas.  What does this mean? Every subject taught at Deal Middle School will be closely compared to the IB MYP subjects and, where gaps exist (either way), teachers will identify teaching activities to bridge the gap. This process allows teachers to make sure they are teaching all the key points of the IB program.

Why are teachers asked to do this?
We believe students need to have some fundamental shared academic and social experiences. This helps ensure that what is taught doesn't differ from teacher to teacher, that students are assessed according to the same standards, and that each year's learning builds on the next.  In order to do this, Deal teachers must start with the base curriculum. From here, teachers will make sure there is continuity from year to year, built around the IB areas of interaction, and then develop teaching units, tasks, and assessments.

We are excited about building an IB MYP from the ground up.  We are already making a great impact on teaching and learning at Deal!

Message From the Dean of Students

Teachers, please announce and remind students of the dress code attire. 
Inappropriate attire may include the following:
1. Blue jeans with holes.
2. Sweat pants or sweat suit.
3. Boys' pants that sag and reveal underwear.
4. Young ladies wearing tops too low.
5. Spaghetti-strap tops worn by young ladies displaying undergarments.  (Shirt straps must be at least two inches wide.)
Other Reminders:
1. Backpacks are to be left in lockers.
2. Young ladies should not carry purses.
3. Cell phones must be off.
4. No gum chewing.
5. The cafeteria is the only place for eating.    


Before & After School Activities This Week ...
Monday AM
  • Holiday

Monday PM

  • Holiday

Tuesday AM

  • Jazz Band, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Tuesday PM

  • Student Government meeting, 3:20 pm, Cafeteria
  • Human Rights Club meeting, 3:15 pm, RM N101
  • Volleyball practice, 3:30 -5 pm
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Drumline, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • International Cooking Club, 3:15-4:30 pm
  • Boys' Soccer Practice
  • Video Crew information meeting, 3:20 pm - Mr. Simmon's classroom
  • Art Club, 3:20 - 4:30 pm -  Ms. Washington

Wednesday AM

  • Concert Band, 7:45 am
  • Concert Choir, 7:45 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Wednesday PM

  • Show Choir, 3:30 - 4:15 pm 
  • Girls' Soccer Game, 5:30 pm at Winston
  • Fencing Club, 3:20 - 5 pm
  • Cross Country Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
  • Volleyball Deal vs Kelly Miller, 4:30 pm at Hardy

Thursday AM

  • Jazz Band, 7:45 am
  • Show Choir, 8 am
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 7 - 8:30 am

Thursday PM

  • Fencing Club, 3:20 - 5 pm, RM 215
  • Rugby, 3:30 - 5 pm
  • Volleyball Game
  • Ms. Stanley's Reading Group, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
  • Girls' Soccer Game, 4 pm, Deal vs Lincoln at Deal
  • Boys' Soccer Game, 4 pm, Deal vs Paul at Paul
  • Cross Country Practice, 3:30 - 5:00 pm
As always, students should only be at school with parent permission!
Food for thought...

A College Professor on Five Types of Problem Students

            In this Chronicle of Higher Education article, Seattle University professor Sven Arvidson shares his ideas for dealing with a variety of classroom challenges. Although he is writing about college teaching, a lot of what he says applies to K-12 classrooms.

            Uninterested students - When students are visibly bored, what should the teacher do? Arvidson preempts this problem by asking students about their interests in a beginning-of-the-year survey and then using analogies linked to their interests (e.g., soccer, computer games, etc.) in class. He also gives writing assignments that invite students to make links between class material and their passions. And he chats with students before and after classes and learns more about what interests them.

            Passive/aggressive students - How should a teacher respond to a student who makes a point of reading outside material in class, doing crossword puzzles, surfing the Net or doing e-mail, daydreaming in an obvious way, or sleeping? If subtle hints don't work, Arvidson advises making an appointment to talk to the student, being very direct about the behavior, and asking What's up? However the conversation goes, the teacher will have made the point that the student is being disrespectful and causing a distraction to the teacher and other students. "Except in extreme cases with incredibly unreasonable students," says Arvidson, "a respectfully led meeting in which you have attempted to get to know the student should yield some success."

            Interrupters - Some students over-participate to the point of breaking up the flow of teaching and preventing other students from getting air time. Arvidson suggests acknowledging interrupters' passion and enthusiasm in a one-on-one talk and then enlisting them as class leaders: "I see how you have shown others how to speak up, but for some it takes more time to warm up. What do you think about letting others have the floor too, now that they've seen how you do it?"

            Hijackers - These are students who publicly undermine the teacher's authority and actively enlist others in the class. Other students may feel intimidated and unable to speak up to a hijacker. "A hijacker must be dealt with directly and honestly," says Arvidson, and suggests an individual meeting in which the teacher gives specific examples of the behavior, expresses concern about other students' need to learn, makes an I-statement ("I need to be able to lead with some authority"), and asks "What is your goal?" He has found this approach usually stops hijacking behavior in its tracks.

            Painfully shy students - "Some students have taken a vow of silence, to be broken only if necessary," says Arvidson. "They never voluntarily speak in the class. They'll even hide in writing assignments designed to reveal their perspective." He advises against publicly chiding these students, even in subtle ways ("Don't be afraid, we're all friends here"). Call on them as you would other students, he says, giving them the opportunity to pass if they wish. It's also important to create a welcoming atmosphere in class, use non-dismissive responses to questions, and give opportunities for all students to talk in small break-out groups. Shy students can also benefit from opportunities to share their ideas in writing.


"Students 101: How to Tailor Your Teaching to the Interrupter, the Hijacker, and Other Familiar Types" by Sven Arvidson in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 3, 2008 (Vol. LV, # 6, p. A120), no e-link available

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